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Monday
Nov062017

State Of The Game 74: PGA Master Pro Billy Dettlaff

The author of the epic Doctors of the Game joins Rod Morri, Mike Clayton and myself to discuss his grand 696 page book and the role of golf professionals in the game. Given the evolution of the professional from degenerate to cherished place in the sport, including some twists you'll be surprised to learn about, Dettlaff helps us understand the role of the pro in shaping the game.

And this wouldn't be a SOG if we didn't discuss Tiger's recent comments on the golf ball (later in the show).

You can read more on Dettlaff's book here, where you can also order.

The book synopsis:

Take a remarkable journey through the history of golf from the unique perspective of the golf profession. Written by a second-generation PGA Professional whose family has been in the game for 110 years, the publication of Doctors of the Game is the culmination of over seven years of writing, research, personal interviews and international travel. This 696-page tome from the author of the 2015 PGA of America Centennial – Celebrating the History of the Golf Professional, is a vastly expanded text that features over 120 profiles and biographies of both well and lesser-known golf professionals highlighting their distinctive personal contributions. The stories of these remarkable men and women are enhanced with 335 historic images and original photography documenting the progress of the game’s development as a beloved worldwide passion.

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Reader Comments (1)

This book is 'a game changer' for all golf professionals . Contained within the books pages is the story of the golf professional in the USA from the professions roots in Scotland leading to those emigrating Scots who took the game across the Atlantic to North America and beyond. For the first time the impact of those emigrating Scots is told through the games development in North America. This is mandatory reading for any aspiring young golf professional and any golfer interested in the history of our game. Thank you Billy Dettlaff.
Brian, Scotland
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Matheson

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